The IPL franchises have received a big boost before the mega auction for the upcoming season as all the England players who will bag a deal will be available for the complete season. Since England host New Zealand in a Test series from the first week of June, there were doubts over the availability of the England players.
But, the franchises have been informed that the English players will be available till May 29. The BCCI has confirmed that the tournament will be played from March to May. Since it’s a 10-team event this year, the league will have more matches in comparison to the previous 10 seasons.
“After the IPL, the ECB is committed to starting the 1st WTC Test Match v New Zealand on 2 June, 2022. The player availability for all the ECB players will be through to Sunday, 29 May, 2022 (sic),” the BCCI has told the franchises.
The England-New Zealand test series kicks off on June 2. Last year, the ECB had allowed its players to miss the opening Test against NZ to play in IPL. The series had kicked off on June 2.
While the England players will be available for the complete season, that won’t be the case with the Australian players. With Australia’s tour of Pakistan ending on April 5, their international players are confirmed to miss 2 weeks of IPL 2022.